The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, has declared an end to the sit-at-home order in the South-East region.
General Lagbaja made this statement in Abuja on Tuesday, September 12, during the COAS combined conference for the second and third quarters.
“We have equally heightened our efforts in containing criminalities perpetrated in the South East Region by the Indigenous People of Biafra and Eastern Security Network. Through Operation Udoka, our troops have, in collaboration with other relevant stakeholders, put an end to the infamous sit-at-home order that has almost crippled socio-economic activities in the Region,” Lagbaja said.
“Law-abiding citizens of the region now go about their businesses and everyday life. Similarly, our joint efforts with various government agencies have quelled attempts by criminals to disrupt economic activities in the South West region.”
On insurgency, the army chief said the activities of Boko Haram and other terrorists have been curtailed.
He, however, said that the Nigerian Army has set up Special Forces units to combat insecurity throughout the country.
“To this end, troops’ welfare and that of their families will remain predominant in all our efforts. I intend to consolidate all existing welfare arrangements to enhance the well-being of our troops and their families as this will keep them focused on their tasks.
“In addition to providing befitting living quarters for our personnel, we shall ensure the newly introduced ‘Affordable Home Ownership Option for All Soldiers Scheme’ designed to provide affordable and high-quality post-service homes for our soldiers,” Lagbaja added.